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WHISTLER’S BONES A Novel of the Australian Frontier

WHISTLER’S BONES A Novel of the Australian Frontier

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This is the story of a fifteen-year-old boy who rode away from his home in Bendigo in 1880, looking for a life of adventure. Within a few months he was droving with Nat Buchanan across the Gulf Track to the Territory. At just seventeen he joined the Durack family’s epic cattle drive from Cooper’s Creek to the Kimberleys. A stockman for most of his youth, he also hunted for gold at Hall’s Creek, and for pearls on the coast north of Broome. He fought in the Boer War, and travelled the world when travelling was hard.

Based on a true story, this is an Australian yarn like no other. No holds barred. Adventure. Passion. Romance. And the truth of our violent frontier like you’ve never read it before.

I’m delighted to announce the release of Whistler’s Bones: A Novel of the Australian Frontier. This story has been my main focus for more than two years and I’m very proud of it. I was told by major publishers that it was “too confronting to publish.”

Get your copy by ordering online here or visit your local bookshop

If you enjoy ebooks it’s also live on Amazon.

Whistler’s Bones

Whistler’s Bones

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Want to know what it was really like on the Australian Frontier?

Whistler’s Bones is the story of a fifteen-year-old boy who rode away from his home in Bendigo in 1880, looking for a life of adventure. Within a few months he was droving with Nat Buchanan across the Gulf Track to the Territory. At just seventeen he joined the Durack family’s epic cattle drive from Cooper’s Creek to the Kimberleys. A stockman for most of his youth, he also hunted for gold at Hall’s Creek, and for pearls on the coast north of Broome. He fought in the Boer War, and travelled the world when travelling was hard.

Based on a true story, this is an Australian yarn like no other. No holds barred. Adventure. Passion. Romance. And the truth of our violent frontier like you’ve never read it before.

I’m delighted to announce the release of Whistler’s Bones: A Novel of the Australian Frontier. This story has been my main focus for more than two years and I’m very proud of it. I was told by major publishers that it was “too confronting to publish.” I disagree. I think it’s time that this story was told.

The Writing of the Novel

The author stumbled on the story of drover, stockman and adventurer, Charlie Gaunt, when trawling through old newspaper archives. As an old man in the 1930s, Charlie wrote of his experiences in the Territory’s Northern Standard Newspaper. Years of research followed as the author attempted to write Charlie’s biography. Unfortunately there was not enough known about his life, particularly his personal affairs, to make a satisfying book.

The best approach was to combine fiction and fact. In this novel the author has attempted to build Charlie into a complete person, with flaws, desires, relationships and regrets.

Whistler’s Bones is the culmination of that process. Fiction based on fact. An adventure you’ll remember for a long time.


Click here to order the paperback. $19.99 with $3.90 shipping

Or click  here to get it on Amazon.


310 Pages, Trade (large) Paperback.

ISBN: 978-0-6480627-4-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rusty’s Tale

Rusty’s Tale

When I first learned that Russell Carrington had written down his yarns and memories I knew that they should be published for posterity. Russ grew up on Planet Downs station, near Burketown, in the very last of the ‘old days’ before mobile phones, internet and modern roads.

Russ grew up surrounded by formidable women and great outback characters — Fiery Ted, Jack Mac, Carney the Cook, and Hussein the hermit, who divided his time between a sandstone cave and a wild Gulf beach.

Russ operated machinery and worked as a ringer, then put himself through flying school, becoming one of the top mustering chopper pilots in Australia’s north. His story is a special one, short and succinct, with no filler, and easily read in one rainy afternoon. It’s also very sad in parts, the truth from start to finish, and I think it deserves a place on every bookshelf.

Here’s the link if you want a copy https://storiesofoz.selz.com/item/rustystale

New Book: The Last Days of Dom Sebastian by Greg Barron

New Book: The Last Days of Dom Sebastian by Greg Barron

We are very excited to share the cover of our upcoming book, The Last Days of Dom Sebastian, a premium HARDBACK with case-laminated cover and dust jacket. It’s a beautifully presented book made to last, and a big adventure story in the vein of Wilbur Smith.

Release date: October 2

ISBN: 9780648733874 – 440 pages.

If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet you can do so at: https://storiesofoz.selz.com/item/domsebastian

Pre-ordering allows us to get the right number of books into stock and get them out to you fast. It’s a perfect gift idea, well ahead of Christmas.

You can also pre-order on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Wke2Ug

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